Manchester City’s record-breaking season continues after they breezed past Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 at the Etihad stadium. Goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne and a Raheem Sterling double provided the platform for Pep Guardiola’s side to extend their incredible run to 16 successive victories.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 16, 2017
City had equalled and surpassed the record for the most wins, but against Spurs, they dominated from start to finish, a performance that impressed manager, Guardiola.
“Both teams wanted to press high,” Guardiola said after the game. “We had to adapt as we didn’t want one less player in the middle. We made an outstanding performance, we scored four, we created lots of chances against a strong team.”
Mauricio Pochettino and his men were easily swept aside, and City had the luxury of a Gabriel Jesus penalty miss.
“WHAT – A – FEELING,” scorer of City’s first goal, Gundogan said. “My first goal this season & another important win in such a physical match! A very special day for me.”
The win sees the Cityzens also extend their lead at the top to 14 points, having played a game more than closest challengers, second placed Manchester United, who travel on Sunday to take on West Brom Albion at the Hawthorns.
Earlier on, London sides, Arsenal and Chelsea also picked up slim victories to put pressure on second placed United.
At Stamford Bridge, an excellent Marcos Alonso free kick earned the Blues a 1-0 win over Southampton. A back-to-back win for Antonio Conte’s side following that loss to West Ham last weekend.
Full-time: Chelsea 1-0 Southampton ?
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 16, 2017
It was a similar story at the Emirates stadium, where Arsenal were able to beat an obdurate Newcastle United side 1-0 courtesy of a Mesut Ozil stunning goal.
The win ended a run of three games without a win for the Gunners, who moved fourth on the log, ahead of fellow Champions League chasing side, Burnley, who were held to a goalless draw at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Full PL Results
Leicester 0-3 C. Palace
Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle
Brighton 0-0 Burnley
Chelsea 1-0 Southampton
Watford 1-4 Huddersfield
Stoke City 0-3 West Ham
Man. City 4-1 Spurs